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WILLEM GERARD HOFKER

 Title:Girl At The Campuhan Temple
 Artist:Willem Gerard Hofker
 Media:Pastel on paper
 Size:47 x 30 cm
 Year:1943
Description:
The important Pura Gunung Lebah (Temple of the Low Mountain) is located at the holy site called campuhan (mixture, blend), a place near the village of Ubud where twi rivers meet and became one. The temple, shown very late in the day, is associated with Dewi Danu, the water goddess of the crater lake of Mount Batur, source of irrigation water for the ricefields in Ubud and many other villages. Low rays of sunlight highlight the towerong seventiered meru (pagoda) and other structures. The dark mood is balanced by the presence outside the temple of a young Balinese woman who is dressed in fine clothing.

 Title:Composition Of Three Women
 Artist:Willem Gerard Hofker
 Media:Pastel on paper
 Size:32 x 23 cm
 Year:1942
Description:
The lead woman is about to step out of view as the others seem to follow her. They are dressed for a temple festival; one of them carries an offeringgs. Rich textures are shown in skin, clothing, and jewelry.

Gift of Maria Hofker-Rueter (Holland)

 Title:Offerings For Jero Gede
 Artist:Willem Gerard Hofker
 Media:Oil on canvas
 Size:30 x 30 cm
 Year:1940
Description:
Barong landung (giant protective spirits) usually are a pair of tall figures animated by persons hidden inside who sings and dances the character. The male is called Jero Gede (Great Lord), but his full name is RatuGede Mas Macaling (Great Fanged Lord of Victims). His home is on Nusa Penida, the small and barren island off Bali’s southest coast, center of black magic and demons. Dark colors represent this sinister aspect. His consort is a white colored female called Jero Luh (Royal Consort). On certain holy days, banten (offerings) are presented to the spirits which reside in these sacred masks. A parasol shows honor and respect.

 Title:Miss Dablig Weaving
 Artist:Willem Gerard Hofker
 Media:Pastel on paper
 Size:32 x 45 cm
 Year:1939
Description:
The small, open space on a raised platform below a Balinese lumbung (rice granary) often is used for resting, socializing, preparing offerings, and weaving. This Balinese woman works at her body-tension loom, a weaving device used by many villagers up to the present day to produce handwoven cloth. In the past. weaving was one of the necessary skills which a Balinese woman had learn and master.